- At a glance
- Locality & cycling
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Dates for 2013||
|Accommodation and Meals||
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The southern Burgundy is a treasure of historic churches and chateaux set in rolling countryside carpeted with vines and forests. A number of rocky outcrops punctuate the vineyards such as the celebrated “roche de Solutré” important for its pre-historic human activity.
The Burgundy region is well-known for its fine wine and gastronomic food, a reputation that is richly deserved. You will have plenty of opportunity to sample both during your cycle. In addition you will have plenty of time to see the varied and rich architectural delights of the region, such as those found at Cluny, a very important spiritual, political and artistic centre of the Middle Ages with its Benedictine abbey. The town of Tournus is home to some beautiful buildings including one of the largest Romanesque churches in France. Besides these towns many of the pretty villages you will travel through have splendid chateaux and impressive churches.
The cycling on this holiday is gentle and suitable for most people. It uses an off-road cycle path for over half the holiday. The day's cycling can be up to 55 km (or 32 miles), although the average (not counting the rest day) is 40km. There is a hill of about 140m on the final day. Otherwise the cycling is on gently undulating terrain.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome, drive to St Amour in the Northern Beaujolais and settle in to your first guest house.
Day 2: Beaujolais to Cuisery
Your first days cycle is also the longest of the holiday, although to compensate, it is almost all flat. After descending from the Beaujolais slopes you will cross the Saone and head north to join its cycle tow-path (voie bleue) at Macon. After 10 miles besides this mighty river, you will head out into the Bresse, an interesting area of patchwork fields, woodlands and wetlands east of the Saone, famous for its timber and brick houses, as well as its chicken. You will pass through a number of pretty villages on the way including Pont de Vaux and Romenay. 55 km
Day 3: Cuisery to Givry
You can begin your day by visiting the historic town of Tournus with its splendid abbey. After several miles cycling to the east of the Saone your route takes you back over the river and through the town of Sennecy-le-Grand. A gently undulating terrain of forests, where the River Grosne joins the Saone, will be replaced by the sight of vine covered slopes, as you approach Givry. 50 km
Day 4: Givry to Cormatin
After a look around the charming village of Givry, you will pick up the off-road cycle path (voie verte) that passes through the heart of the southern Burgundy. Flanked by vine covered hills to the west, your route passes by a number of pretty villages, such as Buxy and St-Gengoux-le-National, allowing you to explore Burgundy's rich heritage, whilst you take a break from the cycling. 30 km
Day 5: Around Cormatin
Day 5 can be used for relaxation and rest, whilst enjoying your surroundings which include the opulent “Chateau de Cormatin” with its impressive “gold room” and vast park. You can, however, explore more widely with the choice from a number of established cycle routes of varying lengths and difficulties that take you into the heart of the Burgundy vineyards. Why not take the time to visit the vineyards and try the local wine.
Day 6: Cormatin to Mazille
A short days cycle that takes you through the small historic town of Cluny. Here you will discover a rich heritage including the remains of its famous Benedictine Abbey, the most important in Europe between 910 and 1340. South of Cluny, your route parts from the cycle pathto make the small ascent to the pretty village of Mazille. 25 km
Day 7: Mazille to Beaujolais
Your final day rejoins the cycle path and climbs steadily through the Burgundy hills, breaching the ridge near the medieval fortress of Berzé le Châtel. A fascinating feature of this track, as it traverses the highest point, is its tunnel. At 1.6km, it holds the distinction of being the longest tunnel in Europe to accommodate only green modes of transport. The descent the other side is both bracing and picturesque, and is a fitting way to complete your round trip. 35 km
Day 8: Departure
Return to Lyon and transfer home
Accommodation & Meals
You will be staying in a number of charming hotels and bed & breakfasts full of local character (3 corns quality). All rooms have private bathrooms. The principal guest houses of the holiday are shown below. We cannot guarantee that you will be staying in all of these exact guest houses.
A hearty and healthy continental breakfast provides the perfect opportunity to discover the local specialities such as home-made jams and local cheeses. At midday you will eat packed lunches prepared by your hosts. Most evening meals will be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to local delicacies. Two meals will be taken in a local restaurant where you will have a choice of menus. (These two meals are not included in the price of the holiday). Local specialities will be available to try every evening.
|Auberge du St Veran||Auberge and Hotel||Traditional Stone property at St Verand nr St Amour de Bellevue in northern Beaujolais. Swimming pool.||3 stars|
|Domaine du Vernay||B&B||18th century stone farmhouse at a vineyard in Mazille. Pretty village overlooking the Grosne valley||3 Corns|
|Les Blés d'Or||Hotel||A renovated 17th century building in the centre of Cormatin opposite its chateau. Its rooms and restaurants have a rustic charm.||3 stars|
|Moulin Madame||B&B||A traditional stone house dating from the 15th century, full of charm in extensive grounds||3 Corns|
Transfers from Lyon airport
Easy jet: London Stanstead – Lyon
Going - Departure: 13.40 – arrive; 16.25
Return - Departure: 16.50 – arrive; 17.30
Bmi: Manchester – Lyon
Going - Departure: 10.30 – arrive; 13.15
Return - Departure: 13.50 – arrive; 14.45
British Airways: London Heathrow - Lyon
Going - Departure: 08.40 – arrive; 11.15
Going - Departure: 16.00 – arrive; 18.35
Return - Departure: 11.55 – arrive; 12.40
Return - Departure: 19.20 – arrive; 19.55
Please note – This information is correct at the time of publication. High Point Holidays cannot be held responsible for any change in schedules made by the above operators. Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. In addition, we can only guarantee transfers from the practical flights listed above. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Lyon area takes about 7-8 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 30 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies.
For general information on routes and bookings see. www.ferrysavers.co.uk/